PA Consulting (PA), the consultancy that’s bringing ingenuity to life, is supporting the Social Mobility Foundation and charity Career Ready with its annual Springboard work experience programme.
Launched last year, Springboard provides young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with opportunities to develop technological solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. This year’s programme ran from 29th July to 2nd August and 27 participants spent the week at PA’s London headquarters developing ideas to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Over five days, the young people worked in groups to apply their ingenuity to one of the SDGs while completing a series of skills workshops on problem-solving, presenting and how to build a business case. At the end of the week, the teams presented their technology-led solutions to PA’s management team and a range of representatives from across government and industry.
Springboard began in 2018 as a regional programme involving young people aged 17 and 18 from sixth form colleges across London and the south east of England. PA has now expanded the scheme to target industrial towns and rural areas across the country where opportunities to advance in education and work are particularly limited.
This year’s ‘Springboarders’ are young people from lower income families enrolled onto either the Social Mobility Foundation’s Aspiring Professionals Programme or Career Ready’s internship programme.
Building on the success of the programme in the UK, PA has also launched Springboard in the USA, working in partnership with the non-profit organisation BUILD to run the scheme in its Boston office. This will be followed by ambitious plans to extend PA’s social mobility work to other US cities in 2020.
Alan Middleton, chief executive at PA said: “At PA, we believe in bringing ingenuity to life and we need to engage the next generation of innovators, technologists and industry leaders in tackling some of the country’s biggest social and business challenges to build a positive human future.
“While political action on social mobility is vital, we have long recognised the need for business to take action too. We saw last year the real impact Springboard made on the young people who worked with us. And we’re very proud at how rapidly we have moved to expand the programme so that it can benefit more young people this year. The young people on the scheme showed enormous potential to take on those challenges and we’re committed to playing our part in helping them realise that potential.”
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